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Pine-Richland dancers shine at summer camp

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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The 2013-14 Pine-Richland High School Dance team attended the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Summer Camp at Slippery Rock University and came away with many awards.

The Pine-Richland High School dance team came home with a slew of team and individual awards from Universal Dance Association summer camp.

Dance team coach Kathy Deal said dancers learned new choreography and routines and also competed against other dance teams at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp, held last month at Slippery Rock University.

“The team awards show that the girls are excellent dancers as individuals and are also an amazing dance team when competing as a group,” Deal said.

The dance team won a blue ribbon for its home team dance routine and first place in the overall drill down competition.

In addition, senior Alexis Loiselle placed first in the individual drill down competition, where she was awarded the Drill Down Queen Award for the second year in a row.

The team was also awarded the Dance Team Leadership trophy, which was presented by UDA staff and voted on by the participating dance teams.

Seniors Maddie Stauffer, Payton Novitski, Bethany Stokoski and Loiselle received UDA All-American Awards for their tryout performances at camp, which combined UDA choreography with their own choreography.

Being an all All-American gives the girls the opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the London New Year's Day Parade.

Stauffer, dance team captain, said it was a big deal for the girls to receive the All-American award.

“It's really exciting. It's just something that I was really proud of receiving as a dancer,” she said.

Novitski, a dance team captain, was also excited and surprised that she won All-American, she said.

“It took me back,” Novitski said. “It was such an honor to get that award.”

The team also received a superior UDA trophy for its performance in various routines that were taught throughout the week at camp. This qualified the team to participate in the UDA National Competition in Orlando, Fla., in February 2013.

Deal said the team is interested in attending nationals, but members still need to look at their schedule and available funding.

“It definitely shows how hard we worked. We spend most of the summer practicing,” Novitski said.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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